Faculty Development Opportunities

    The Office of Grants and Sponsored Research Development (GSRD) assists faculty and staff in seeking, applying for, and managing external funding for research, instruction, and outreach programs. The Research Council administers an annual fund to support faculty and their student co-investigators in the pursuit of internal grants for research and creative activities. The Research Council provides guidance on writing applications; offers educational tools for successful submissions; and executes thorough, fair, and rubric-based reviews. There are two funding categories for which to apply: Faculty Research and Faculty Research with Student Co-Investigator. The grant guidelines, application forms, and evaluation rubric are available on the Research Council websitePlease be sure to thoroughly review the eligibility and evaluation criteria in the guidelines as changes have been made to these areas.

    Applications are due by TBD for 2022.

    This pilot program was developed as an expanded and enhanced program to replace Posters on the Hill and REU Symposium while drawing on their successes. This program will broaden participation allowing for engagement from students at varied stages of the undergraduate research process. they will learn valuable skills in communicating the impact of their undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry experience to a variety of audience members and stakeholders

    The STR Program serves as a six month professional development opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty/mentors interested in garnering communication and advocacy skills to leverage the impact of their undergraduate research experience by conveying their story to stakeholder groups such as funding agencies, association partners, elected officials, future employers, community, and beyond.


    Who Should Attend

    This program will provide an opportunity for institutional teams to apply. Teams must consist of a campus representative team lead – faculty or mentor – and up to two undergraduate research students who are currently enrolled in or have previously completed an undergraduate research experience. Each team member will be involved in all aspects of the trainings provided. 

    The Council on Undergraduate Research sponsors several institutes and workshops geared toward promoting undergraduate research and facilitating related faculty development. Current institute offerings include:

    • Beginning a Research Program
    • Broadening Participation (in Undergraduate Research)
    • Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities
    • Integrating UR into Teacher Education Programs
    • Initiating and Sustaining UR Programs
    • Proposal Writing Institute (held annually, typically around July)
    • Transforming UR Culture and Curricula

Mitchell Class


    Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering by: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

    Through the generosity of Bob and Norma Thompson, the Robert and Norma Thompson Endowment provides financial support via the Thompson Scholar program for faculty development that increases student engagement and learning. The fellowship will go to one faculty member each year in recognition of significant contributions to student mentoring, support, or engagement, as exemplified by activities or work such as: involving students in research; significant contributions to capstone experiences for seniors; extensive work with student organizations; collaborations on living-learning programming, service learning, civic engagement, or leadership development courses or programming; promotion of academic integrity; and/or development of interdisciplinary seminars. The expectation would be that the Fellow continue their meritorious work in this area. Each year’s winner will be determined under the auspices of the Office of the Provost. The award will be given as a financial award to the selected faculty member. Full-time and tenure-track faculty with at least three years' experience at Winthrop are eligible.